Joe Saxton

Joe Saxton

Driver of ideas, nfpSynergy

Joe Saxton is driver of ideas at nfpSynergy, an organisation which conducts market research on behalf of the non-profit sector.

He first became involved with the sector at the age of 14 by volunteering for Save the Whales and got his first paid role as a co-ordinator for the Harambee Centre for Development and Education, Cambridge, before joining Oxfam as a fundraiser in 1988.

In the early 90s he divided his time between the charity sector and the private sector, as a trustee for the RSPCA and an account director at marketing agency EHS Brann. In 1997, the RNID hired Saxton to be its director of communications. He finished there in 2000, and moved on to the Future Foundation, a think-tank that specialises in consumer and business trends.

In 2003, he launched nfpSynergy as a subsidiary of the Future Foundation, and later led a management buyout.

From 2005 to 2008 Saxton chaired the Institute of Fundraising and since 2005 he has been chair of student campaign body People & Planet.  In 2007 he founded CharityComms, a membership body for communications professionals working in the sector.  He is also a member of the Office of the Third Sector Advisory Group.

Saxton has a zoology degree and a Masters in development from UEA.

He has published a number of books; Its Competition, But Not As We Know It? (1997), What Are Charities For? (1998), Polishing the Diamond (2002), Mission Impossible (2004), The 21st Century Volunteer (2005), The 21st Century Donor (2007).

 

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Public trust in charities is volatile but within the sector's control

Recent nfpSynergy research showed a sharp drop in public trust in charities. This week, the Charity Commission has published research showing trust remains high. Joe Saxton of nfpSynergy looks at the lessons from both sets of research.

Charity lotteries – time to liberate the potential

Joe Saxton argues that charities must unite in a campaign for charity lotteries to ensure a healthy income stream for the future.

A solution to regulating society lotteries

Inspired by a debate between Joe Saxton and an employee of the Gambling Commission, David Philpott devises his own solution to who is best placed to regulate society lotteries.

Fundraisers should be more enthusiastic about payroll giving

Payroll giving isn't perfect, but it's well worth your time. David Burland says that fundraisers should show as much enthusiasm for the mechanism as companies.

The baby boomer cohort is huge and therefore strongly weights any giving analysis. It's not that generation X and Y is giving less but simply that there are far more baby boomers!

» Saxton challenges validity of CAF research conclusions

No fundraising on commission: time to dump this regulatory relic

The long aversion to paying fundraisers on commission has become not only outdated, but threatens to stifle entrepreneurialism in the sector. Joe Saxton says charities deserve better.

Higher education must get creative or crumble

Higher education could be facing a difficult funding future. Institutions must get creative with their fundraising or face the dwindling resources, says Adrian Beney.

Stop dissing new ways of giving big gifts, understand them

The proposal to set up 'remainder trusts' for major donors in the UK has been unfairly criticised, says Adrian Beney. The giving mechanism has some life in it yet.

'No shred of evidence' in remainder trust research, says Saxton

The suggestion that £74bn could be pumped into charities via remainder trusts and a new type of trust, as proposed by a paper last week, is not supported by either evidence or demand, says Joe Saxton.

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